Should BT Do LTE?
T-Mobile and O2 have successfully delayed the 2.6 GHz mobile broadband auction -- and thereby the entry of new WiMax players in the U.K. -- through a legal challenge, but they should be careful what they wish for. If the auction is delayed for long enough, and if this idea about BT deploying LTE idea has any legs, the U.K.'s cellular operators could wind up with a formidable new 4G competitor. (See Ofcom Delays 2.6GHz Auction, UK Operators Brace for Spectrum Struggle, and UK WiMax Faces Spectrum Fight.)
Is this so wacky it just might work? Or is it more likely that BT will never get the green light from investors to spend billions on wireless spectrum, anyway?
— Michelle Donegan, European Editor, Unstrung